ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
CANCER
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
CAREGIVING
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
Functional Foods Uncovered
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
Rainy Areas in U.S. Show Higher Autism Rates
EYE CARE, VISION
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
FITNESS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Countdown to Hair Loss
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
The Unmedicated Mind
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice

As hands-on healers, massage therapists, body workers, we have tremendous responsibility and great opportunity to provide our client’s with an experience of touch that can have a profound impact on their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. This experience begins the moment the client sets up the appointment. The energetic anticipation on the part of both therapist and client has already begun to affect the chemistry that will occur when the client arrives in the therapy room.
The greatest preparation we can make for this transaction lies in the self-care that we provide for our own mind/body/spirit. Our self-comfort level is the resonance that will be felt and responded to by each client. Some clients are more comfortable for us than others. The ones with whom we find ourselves stuck and uncomfortable can provide a teaching about a limitation that we may have. If the client is bossy and demanding, and my reaction is one of confusion or defensiveness, this client may be providing me an opportunity to recognize that I may need to reinforce or strengthen my boundaries. If the client is complaining and needy, perhaps my reaction is to become hard hearted or impatient. This client may be offering me an opportunity to increase my compassion or set limitations. If a client never gives me any feedback, and I feel frustrated or insecure, this client may be teaching me detachment and how to stay in the present moment letting go of results.
Each challenging situation that comes my way can be an opportunity for self-exploration and the cultivation of spiritual qualities within, if I take to time to explore it as such. The more I personally cultivate these values, the more they resonate within my own auric field, the field that is intuitively experienced by each client from the moment they book their appointment with me. The list below of spiritual qualities are not just qualities but powers. Their vibrations purify the heart, mind and physiology and become a lively healing resonance in the energy field of the person who cultivates them. They are a crucial ingredient for the depth of healing that each session can provide, no matter what technique you may be incorporating.
1.Humility - The quality of humility allows the therapist to hold an open mind and heart. It manifests in our ability to look with awe and wonder at each person or client, holding the recognition that we will never fathom the entirety of the mystery of this person who stands before us. It contains deep respect for the mystery of the healing process itself, and an understanding that there is a force greater than ourselves guiding the healing process. As therapist and client come together, the therapist holds the awareness and harmonic of this understanding in the forefront of her/his mind. The energetic dynamic of that force invites a profound level of silence and space in the room. It softens stress, anxiety and harmonizes the mental body.
2.Purity - The therapist is not only a healer but an example. That is why whatever form of care we are giving to our clients, we must continue to give to ourselves. Receiving treatments from qualified therapists who will be affective mirrors for us are important to keep us growing. If we have become lax in our self-care we may need support and encouragement to continue our growth. Purification of the body through healthy organic foods, exercise, right thinking and right association creates an increasing quality of purity in our energy field. As we purify, we increase the frequency range of vibration that we can sustain while working on another. The transference of energy is the essence of all forms of hands-on bodywork, but it will only be as affective as the level of purification held by the practitioner.
3.Compassion - Where we lack compassion for another is where we lack compassion for ourselves. When impatience, frustration, anger, or negativity of any kind arises, we have the opportunity to deeply examine our internal buried pains. Oftentimes a mentor, supervisor, therapist, trusted friend or family member can assist us in taking a courageous look at our shortcomings. When we can feel detachment and compassion simultaneously, we know we have made spiritual progress. Often, we can feel one or the other, but find it more challenging to embody both together. This awareness and ability is a conscious leap of growth as we grow in our ability to control our impulsive reactivity. The reward is sweet loving detachment that will be deep relieving for ourselves and therefore our client.
4.Integrity - Integrity challenges me to place principles first. In a society that is inundated with stimulus, immediate gratification, materialism, fear of not being enough or having enough, integrity can be a challenge to apply to our daily lives. We may harbor fears about not having enough clients to keep financially afloat, what or how to charge if a client is late or doesn’t show up, what to do if a client is also a friend, etc. I often times will use the simple question, “Is this choice best for the client, or best for me?” Sometimes the answer can be that the choice is best for both, if not it is my responsibility to choose what is best for the client if it is morally within my belief system. Where integrity comes into play is how I react to the choices that are made. Am I defensive, hurt, fearful? Am I deeply honest about my choices, or am I rationalizing? Oftentimes integrity includes boundaries that may be difficult to assert, saying no, or saying yes to situations that may be uncomfortable but selfless and therefore invitational to my growth.
5.Forgiveness - This quality is essential for spiritual growth. We are all imperfect, except for those very few God realized Saints who are our Source for inspiration and example. The quality of forgiveness begins with the self, and only from there can extend outward to others. Wherever we harbor resentment, anger, and bitterness for another, we harbor some hidden aspect of self-hatred. This component within must be addressed in order to reconcile and expand our capacity for healing others. Often this is a process that we have not been educated about how to tackle. I have found one of the most affective methods of achieving self-forgiveness is through sharing the specifics of my hidden pain, resentments or hurts with another, preferably a neutral witness. It is important that the witness can listen without judgment, and preferably without comment. The sharing itself can be healing enough.
6.Innocence - This quality is something that we all admire and enjoy in babies and young children. The reason that we recognize it within them is because it is still alive within us. However, over time, it may have receded into the far reaches of our style and personality. It is important that we continue to cultivate, rescue and protect this internal attribute as our modern day culture has deadened it out of so many of us. Innocence is essential to building faith, faith that a higher power does exist, that our life has a purpose that is good, that the inherent nature within others and ourselves is positive and not negative. A lifetime of hurts and disappointments is enough to harden the best of us. As we re-cultivate our innocence we must be careful to protect it through right association. If we continually expose ourselves to crude environments, language and behavior, we will cultivate those qualities in ourselves. If we expose ourselves to positive, loving, nurturing environments and associations we will cultivate those internal qualities.
7.Gratitude - As Ophrah says, “Have an attitude of gratitude. When I find myself complaining and critical I remind myself to make an ‘attitude shift.’ Spiritual principle is about distinguishing between acknowledging reality and the challenges of daily living while seeking solutions and complaining, criticizing or becoming disheartened and apathetic. If you speak with anyone who has come close to death you may find that they have a great awareness of the reality of how short our time is in this human body. In our darkest moments, seeking gratitude brings extraordinary power to the spirit.
8.Love - With the development of the above qualities, our capacity for love will naturally expand. Love begins by internally feeling good about oneself. Our connection to our self-esteem, self-confidence, self-purpose all contains components that generate a sense of self-love. If we are lacking in one of these areas there is probably an internal corner we don’t feel good about. It is important that we address this area. The process of self-exploration itself usually boosts our good feelings about ourselves. Love grows out of understanding the nature of life. Love is limitless and we have the opportunity to increasingly expand in this capacity. The sweetness of love is highly attractive and palpable to anyone who crosses our path. If you wish to increase your capacity for love, practice smiling.